Monday, September 29, 2014

From Old Town to Contemporary Art: Things to Do in Aarhus

Aarhus Canal Denmark
Aarhus Canal is crossed by bridges and lined with restaurants and bars.
Aarhus is Denmark’s second biggest city, second to Copenhagen.  Aarhus is a city with many faces.  Aarhus has industrial areas around the harbor and train station, a shopping and dining area along the canal, a city center with historic buildings, and one of Denmark's prettiest street.  When planning our travels to Denmark, I had a hard time deciding if we should visit Aarhus or not.  We were already going to Copenhagen and I didn’t know if we really needed to visit another big city, as I was more interested in quaint towns and pretty countryside.   Aarhus’ most well-known site is ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum of contemporary art, which is not always my favorite.  But I had this nagging feeling that if we skipped Aarhus we might be missing out.  Now I know we made the right decision adding Aarhus to our Denmark itinerary.  If you’re wondering what there is to do in Aarhus, here are our favorites.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

A Romantic Weekend in Coronado

Coronado Bridge and Downtown San Diego View from Loews Coronado Bay

The tiny island of Coronado is one of my favorite places in San Diego.  If I could, I would live there.  But since we will probably never be able to afford living in Coronado, we make up for it by occasionally spending the day in Coronado, eating breakfast in the outdoors at the dog-friendly Tent City, drinking a beer at Coronado Brewing Company, taking the dogs to Coronado Dog Beach, or wandering through the historic Hotel del Coronado.

Monday, September 15, 2014

10 Kauai Roadside Stops

Wailua River Lookout 10 Things to Do in Kauai
Wailua River Lookout
Visiting Kauai is all about enjoying nature on the garden island.  While your days will most likely be filled with hiking, snorkeling, kayaking, and other outdoor adventures that can take up the majority of a day, it is also enjoyable to take little road trips around the island making lots of stops along the way to view waterfalls, rivers, beaches, and more.  Here are 10 of our favorite things to see in Kauai when driving around the island.  Each stop is listed in order from the farthest point on the north shore to the farthest point on the west side of Kauai.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Ribe: Denmark’s Oldest and Most Charming Town

View of Ribe from Ribe Domkirke Denmark
Ribe as seen from Commoner's Tower of Ribe Domkirke.
Have you ever been to a town that is so cute you just want to pinch its chubby little cheeks?  Ribe is Denmark’s oldest town which means, as is true for many ancient towns, it is oozing with charm.  With Denmark’s oldest cathedral, oldest town hall, oldest hotel, cobblestone streets (if you can, arrange for them to be slightly wet and shiny from a recent light drizzle), red brick and half-timbered houses topped with mossy roofs, a Viking history, and its very own breed of dog, Ribe will be one of the most delightful stops on your Denmark vacation itinerary. 

Friday, September 5, 2014

Hotel Review: Ribe Byferie Holiday Homes

Ribe Byferie Holiday Cottages Denmark

While we were traveling through Denmark we discovered a different kind of traveler accommodation, the holiday home or holiday cottage.  We learned the Danes holiday in a few different ways.  Sometimes they stay in hotels, sometimes they camp, and sometimes they stay in holiday homes or cottages like those at Ribe Byferie.  While we visited Ribe we stayed in one of Ribe Byferie’s holiday homes so we could experience a Danish holiday. 

Monday, September 1, 2014

5 Outdoor Attractions in Portland (And They're Dog Friendly!)

Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden Portland Oregon
Portland's Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden.
Portland, Oregon can be a little chilly and a little rainy.  While these characteristics can sometimes make it gloomy and somewhat unpleasant to be outside, they are also key in making Portland’s outdoor attractions green and beautiful.  Visitors to Portland will want to visit some of these outdoor gems, and people traveling with their furry companions will be happy to learn that many of Portland’s outdoor attractions are dog friendly.  Here are five of our favorite dog friendly outdoor attractions from our visit to Portland. 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Catalina Island: Six Degrees of Separation from Hollywood

Avalon Catalina Island
Catalina Island, Hollywood's playground.
It stands to reason that Catalina Island would have seen a lot of Hollywood history.  Catalina Island is within easy traveling distance from Los Angeles after all.  It’s even part of Los Angeles County.  But before we toured the Catalina Island Museum I had no idea how much Hollywood history had touched Catalina Island.